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Amid Josh Hamilton rumors, Brewers owner says pitching is priority

Oct 26, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT

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While CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Thursday that the Brewers are “seriously considering a run” at free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said he’s more interested in addressing his team’s pitching problems.

“We’ve got the No. 1 offense in the league,” Attanasio told the Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt. “We know that’s working. We have to fix the bullpen. We were last in the majors. That has to be fixed. We’ve done a lot of work to see what the options are there.”

The Brewers are looking at a big bullpen turnover with Francisco Rodriguez set to leave as a free agent and Kameron Loe, Manny Parra and Jose Veras all possibilities to be traded or non-tendered. They’re also likely to seek at least one starter and probably two if they don’t re-sign Shaun Marcum. It’s hard to see how they could fill those holes and still afford Hamilton’s $20 million-plus salary.

Attanasio, for what it’s worth, couldn’t address that rumor directly, since Hamilton is still Rangers property through the end of the World Series.

  1. karlton3 - Oct 26, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    That sounds like a great fit for Hamilton. He needs to be in a stadium and play for a team in a town that beer built. And that plays in a league with stadiums sponsored by Busch and Coors.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      Damn right we’re built by beer!

    • historiophiliac - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

      You know you can buy beer in Arlington, right? They even have 6- and 8-point. If Hamy wants to drink, he doesn’t have to go to Milwaukee to find it.

  2. vallewho - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    A match made in Milwaukehe…the Brewers and the guy that appears to have the biggest substance abuse issues in the sport.

  3. vallewho - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    A match made in Milwaukee…the Brewers and the guy that appears to have the biggest substance abuse issues in the sport.

    • onehokiefan - Oct 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      I like Milwaukehe………when you go there you usually get so hammered that you don’t care how they spells it

  4. proudlycanadian - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Marcum wants to return to Toronto.

  5. liddogg33 - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    josh is gonna be a SEATTLE MARINER!!! BOOK IT!!

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      And hit 14 HR all season? I don’t think any hitter WANTS to go to Seattle. We will see how it all plays out with the new dimensions, but I don’t imagine anyone is rushing to Washington State until they see some real results out there.

    • illadelphiasphinest - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      Smart place to play for a recovering heroin addict…….

    • bla bla bla - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      “Book It?” That was last month’s Cool Kid saying. This month, it’s feckless. Try to keep up.

  6. billymc75 - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Focus on pitching? They traded Grirnkie right

    • theaxmancometh - Oct 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      They had to trade Greinke cuz he turned down $100m extension & they were way outta the race at the trade deadline.

  7. dcfan4life - Oct 26, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    This just reminds me of how Detroit said they were interested in Fielder. But even then i dont see him a Brewer. Yet this is one of those Cliff Lee situations where it really is wide open where Hamilton could end up.

  8. bleed4philly - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Hamilton is going to the dodgers/yankees west. You heard it here first.

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